Keeping Canada British

The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan

James M. Pitsula

  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 308 pp., 16 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

The Ku Klux Klan had its origins in the American South. It was suppressed but rose again in the 1920s, spreading into Canada, especially Saskatchewan. This book offers a new interpretation for the appeal of the Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan. It argues that the Klan should not be portrayed merely as an irrational outburst of intolerance but as a populist aftershock of the Great War - and a slightly more extreme version of mainstream opinion that wanted to keep Canada British. Through its meticulous exploration of a controversial issue central to the history of Saskatchewan and the formation of national identity, this book shines light upon a dark corner of Canada's past.
James M. Pitsula is a professor of history at the University of Regina.

"Keeping Canada British is a welcome addition to the literature on the Ku Klux Klan in Saskatchewan and on the larger question of a multicultural western Canada in the first third of the twentieth century. Based on an impressive amount of research and written in clear and engaging prose, this work presents an in-depth assessment of the Klan from several key perspectives."
-Bill Waiser, Professor of History and A.S. Morton Distinguished Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan

"A book on the Ku Klux Klan in Canada is long overdue. This very important work adds immensely to the field and deserves a wide audience. James Pitsula has successfully added to a growing corpus of work that provides evidence of the thoroughly racial nature and orientation of the Canadian state from its founding to the present day."
-Barrington Walker, Department of History, Queen's University


1. The Ku Klux Klan Comes to Saskatchewan

2. Jimmy Gardiner Attacks the Klan

3. The Battle Rages

4. The Klan Rampant

5. Race and Immigration

6. Anti-Catholicism

7. The Threat of Moral Disorder

8. Rage against the Machine